tarot of the old path-four of swords
The Thoth Tarot 4 of Swords is named- TRUCE depicting a balance achieved which can also be implied by the Tarot of The Old Path- Four of Swords.
The Tarot of the Old Path Four of Swords illustrates a Woman protected by four swords plunged into the ground forming a wall of protection around her. Swords are ruled by the Element of Air, which is shown in the yellow color of her dress. The four buttons on her dress show the colors of the four elements, blue for water, green for earth, and red for fire.
She is standing in an attitude of prayer, with her eyes closed and hands extended with palms outward.
The fluttering veil across her mouth indicates her unwillingness to communicate with others as she is seeking atonement with the elements of nature in order to rejuvenate both mind and body.
The Primary meaning of this card seems to be that of retreating from the outside world in order to gain physical and emotional rejuvenation. Seeking of peaceful, protected surroundings in order to meditate.
thoth-4 of swords-truce
If you've been following my blogs your know that , Chesed, the 4th Sephiroth, is the Universal Architect. Thus the Fours suggest perfection, realization, completion and fixing a matter to a rock solid stability.
In the 4 of Swords, this stability is a form of Truce, where equal tension, makes a stability of mental powers. However, a Truce is but a armistice and not a treaty, suggesting "the warring parties" are tired of fighting, but no one has yet given up the battle. They've just delayed it's final outcome.
The 4 of Swords represents Chesed in Yetzirah, influencing the Astral world.
As you may know, mental creation happens in the fluid Astral World before the manifestation is solidified in the Material World. Now you may not be able to clearly see that you are not a body.You really are a Yod (hand of God and/or Spirit) in the Collective Unconscious, so your Real body, is the Tree of Life, as Adam Khadmond. The human body is the incarnation, for sensual purposes, of your "dreams" and/or expectations, and resides and is supported by the Invisible you. That Invisible you is as Jupiter, a great benign power, that bestows life and in this card, Jupiter is in Libra. Thus the normal destructive Swords, are put to rest in the munificent, benevolent and loving nature of Jupiter but being swords, nothing is forgiven by the perpetrators of the battle.
The Rose is restored and Consciousness is settled, thus rest from strife is implied by the 4 of Swords. Jupiter in Libra radiates compassion and sensitivity showing the Mercy that is Chesed.
Here Jupiter claims authority in the intellectual world. Arguing for convention, Jupiter restores mental balance after the chaos of arbitrary thought. Chessed is considered the Architect and here the elements of Spirit, Mind, intellect, and body are not in conflict. Not because conflict is won and all are at peace, but because all are tired out and regathering strength to continue the argument.
In the Thoth card, the hilts of the Swords, are formed into the corners of the St, Andrew's Cross, suggesting the rigidity and fixation implied in the 4. The Rose of 49 petals, in which the Swords are sheathed, suggesting social harmony.
Thus there is a suggestion of compromise. As does Crowley, I find this compromise to be a less than positive factor. For it is an act of an indolent mind, that would rather be pusillanimous and compromise for social peace rather than work out the issue through the promised struggle. However, it must be to keep the peace, but peace at any cost, is not always preferable.
When the 4 of Swords -Truce or the Four of Swords, is thrown during a reading:
- There is mental understanding of a matter.. or relationship coming to full resolution on four levels of mental awareness: The Rational, The Emotional of the Unconscious , The Spiritual, and the Subconscious of the Physical.
- implications of problems that should not be ignored, listen to the inner self and answers will be restored.
- a holding pattern after mastering a difficult mental situation.
- retreat or withdrawal necessary to heal or hide, by creating a protected mental space. Here insight can be generated by seclusion.
- a moment of logic and discriminating intelligence of integrity and planning.
The negatives of this card are often:
- A bought of illness, in order to recuperate.
- The intellect is relinquishing control back to the body so that a time out of from problems and solutions are achieved as the body has only to focus on getting over its imbalance.
- A truce broken.
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